- Mobile Legends, Arena of Valor among e-games shortlisted for medal events in 2019 Southeast Asian Games
- Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee: The shortlisted games take into account the physical and mental intensity needed to persevere through marathon matches
- E-sports were included in the 2018 Asian Games but for exhibition only
Five electronic sports or e-sports were shortlisted by Philippine sports officials for medal awards in next year’s Southeast Asian Games.
According to an ABS-CBN News, the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) and its partner Razer announced via a press release on Friday the games selected which is open to any gender.
The games shortlisted are Dota 2, Starcraft II, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor and Tekken 7.
PHISGOC said a key selection criterion they use for the games is the diversity of titles. Games from top publishers, genres, and gaming platforms were evaluation to make sure the “most popular and competitive games” will be selected.
“The strategy and teamwork demanded by the games were also considered, ensuring that competing teams deploy multifaceted tactics to clinch victory. Lastly, the shortlisted games take into account the physical and mental intensity needed to persevere through marathon matches,” it added.
“We are thrilled to see the momentum that our partnership with Razer has achieved in such a short period of time,” PHISGOC Executive Director Ramon Suzara said.
This year, e-sports were included in the Asian Games but for exhibition only; hence, 2019 marks the first time that e-sports becomes a medal in a major event competition.
Six gold medals, as per Fox Sports, will be rewarded in next year’s SEA games which will take place from November 30 to December 11.
The sixth and final console game, GMA News shared, is still undergoing evaluation.
The shortlisting of six games, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan added, shows that the notion for e-sports as a legitimate sporting event is no longer a fad.
“We look forward to having more partners come on board and join us in defining a new generation of sporting heroes for the youth and millennials.”